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Attacks Kill At Least 58 In Iraq, Including 31 Pilgrims --> (RFE/RL) March 11, 2007 -- Insurgent attacks claimed another 58 Iraqi lives today, including 31 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in a car bomb attack on a convoy returning from a religious festival.

Iraqi officials say the victims were returning from a pilgrimage to the city of Karbala.

East of the capital, 10 commuters were reported killed and eight wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near Baghdad's Mustansiriyah University.

Millions of Shi'a traveled to Karbala for celebrations culminating on March 9-10 to commemorate Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Attacks on Shi'ite pilgrims -- many of whom traveled by foot for the Karbala rites -- killed nearly 150 people in the days leading up to the ceremonies.

In another attack today, five construction workers were killed when their bus hit a roadside bomb 100 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.

Blast At Islamic Party Offices Kills Three

An overnight blast in the headquarters of the Iraqi Islamic Party in the northern city of Mosul killed four people.

The Islamic Party is the largest party of the Accordance Front, the biggest Sunni grouping in parliament.

An unidentified body, believed to be that of a suicide bomber, was found at the scene.

Bomb-Making Suspects Reportedly Arrested

The U.S. military says U.S. and Iraqi forces captured three suspected members of a bomb-making cell north of Baghdad.

The military says the men were detained during an air assault on March 10 in Tarmiyah.

The U.S. military also announced the capture of a suspected financier of insurgents in the northern province of Kirkuk on March 7.

(Reuters, AP)

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